Time-Capsule of Humanity- The Ethnological Museum of Geneva

There is a little gem of a museum in Geneva, Switzerland that is not very often talked about but really worth mentioning, it’s the MEG – the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève. The new building which was inaugurated in 2014 and designed by Bern based architectural firm Graber Pulver, received the European Museum of the Year award in 2017.

Shaped like a pagoda, the whole concept of the museum is based on public accessibility. With around 80.000 objects and 15.000 pictorial and auditory documents, the collection is one of the largest in Switzerland. Over a thousand objects are exposed in sleek well lit large color-coded glass showcases. In addition, the ethnomusicology department presents musical instruments from different parts of the world and acoustic samples to be listened to by means of headphones.

This amazing time-capsule of humanity is like a 3D encyclopedia inviting the visitor to explore our diversity: Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. The objects on show are like messages from across the world that convey the world’s cultures.

Curiosities, rarities, ambivalent objects picked up by missionaries, diplomatic gifts, and scientific field research artifacts are all part of the collections.

Once your visit is done,  don’t forget to stop by at the modern, airy café for a coffee or a bite to eat. On sunny days, tables are placed on the esplanade at the entrance of the museum and you find yourself enjoying the charming landscaped green oasis facing you.

A lovely way to take a break and discover something new. You also realize how connected we all are.

http://www.ville-ge.ch/meg/index.php

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Embracing the past

Archiplan Studio’s mandate was to restore a small apartment in a Renaissance Palazzo in Mantua, Italy. The apartment was filled with fragmented traces of the past including fragments of 16th-century frescoes. Not daunted by the mission, the founders of Archiplan, Diego Cisi and Stefano Gorni Silvestrini, opted to embrace the old and inject in the new. The result is spectacular. Instead of competing, the two styles complement each other in a spectacular way. The contemporary style cohabits happily with the layers of history.

The effect is sleek, restful and refined.

Photography Davide Galli

http://www.archiplanstudio.com

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The Beekman Hotel’s magical Old World Charm

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Majestically restored, The Beekman Hotel is located in lower Manhattan between the East and Hudson rivers. The landmark building dating back to 1880 was restored by architecture firm Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel and decorated by interior designer Martin Brudnizki. The dark color palette, lighting, ironwork and ingenious use of carpets throughout the 287 rooms and atrium give an amazing Victorian Old World atmosphere aligned with the spirit of Manhattan in the 19th century.

But the eye-catcher is undoubtedly the amazing use of Persian rugs on the reception counter which sets the tone.

https://www.thebeekman.com/

source – photography AD, Kenwood Travel, ahotellife.com

Paradiso, Ibiza

 

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The Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel opened last month on the Balearic island’s northwest coast, not far from the infamous nightlife in the resort of San Antonio.

The Memphis-meets-Miami Modern inspired design, is reminiscent of Miami Beach deco.

Designed by Spanish studio Ilmiodesign, the hotel’s stark white exterior and simple shapes are enhanced by coloured lighting.

Two rectangular swimming pools can be found on either side of the circular bar which is topped with a 1920’s inspired typeface spelling out Paradiso.

Cabanas and loungers are placed around the pool.

source : Dezeen

 

Hanging Lawn

In Porto Feliz, a Municipality in the state of Sao Paolo, the brilliant Brazilian Studio MK27 has completed a dwelling that the practice describes a “radical exercice in horizontality”.

The residence is inserted at the plot’s highest point and topped with a green roof that mimics the surrounding lawn.

I may be repeating myself but Studio MK27 and more specifically Marcio Kogan,  is by far my favourite architect today. We see with each project he and his team produce, elegance, originality and wonderful examples of interaction between indoors and outdoors, between nature and man-made constructions.

With this particular house, living rooms can be completely opened or closed by sliding glass doors located at each end of the property. With the doors opened,  the house is transformed into a generously proportioned terrace surrounded by nature.

The architects carefully integrated solar panels and skylights withing the canopy on the green roof mimicking the surrounding lawn.

A new version of the hanging garden of Babylon – simply divine !

Source : designboom

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Spectacular Tianjin Binhai Library

The library was commissioned by Tianjin Binhai Municipality and is located in the cultural centre of Binhai district in Tianjin, a coastal metropolis outside Beijing, China. The library, located adjacent to a park, is one of a cluster of five cultural buildings designed by an international cadre of architects including Bernard Tschumi Architects, Bing Thom Architects, HH Design and MVRDV. All buildings are connected by a public corridor underneath a glass canopy designed by GMP. Within the GMP
masterplan MVRDV was given a strict volume within which all design was concentrated. Source : Designboom

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Palm Springs Glamour for a Guardhouse

Desert Palisades Guardhouse forms a security checkpoint for a residential area under construction in the Californian desert city. The building’s most prominent feature is a large canopy that extends 34 feet (10 meters) over the space where cars stop on their way into the neighbourhood.

 

The guardhouse includes a sitting area, mailroom and bathroom inside. Connected to the attendant area is a sunlit space with floor-to-ceiling windows, while a break room with a small kitchen and rest area make up the rest of the facilities.

This cantilevered roof designed by Studio AR+D is truly stunning.

Source : Dezeen

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Palm Springs goes Pink

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We love Kate Ballis’ Infra Realism series photographed in Palm Springs.

Kate is a former media & entertainment lawyer who decided to ditch the corporate life in favour of taking pictures. She loves to play with light and colour and focuses on landscapes. Her fine art is available on kateballis.com

Check out modernismweek.com celebrating the iconic homes of Palm Springs.

 

 

The Walled

Situated close to Yangzhou’s lake, Neri&Hu have designed a 20 room boutique hotel called “The Walled”. The dynamic duo reused several old buildings by giving them new functions while adding new structures to accommodate the needs of the hotel. The final result consists of multiple courtyard enclosures. Source : designboom

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Alila Yangshuo Hotel

Vector Architects has transformed a disused sugar mill in China’s mountainous Yangshuo County into a resort hotel featuring a group of gabled masonry structures designed to complement the existing industrial architecture. The hotel is situated in the picturesque Guangxi region. source : dezeen

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Timeless William Morgan Architecture

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This incredible house in Atlantic Beach, Florida, was designed by none other than renowned Jacksonville architect William Morgan—who studied under Walter Gropius and Paul Rudolph—for his own family.

Completed in 1973, the geometric 1,893-square-foot structure is characterized by two triangular prisms of varying dimensions. The larger one appears to be a right triangle, while the narrower one slopes downward toward the beach. source : curbed.com

Atelier Oï

Wonderful visit & guided tour today of Atelier Oï with co-founder Aurel Aebi. Many thanks again for the fascinating conference on OÏ’s work & amazing projects and sharing with us your passion for design.

Whether collaborating with Vuitton, Foscarini or Danese, the founder trio, Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis & Patrick Reymond create the most amazing designs. Swiss design at its best.

http://www.atelier-oi.ch

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Park Royal


Advocates of the “Green City” concept, the creative team at WOHA developed a hotel design with a surreal appearance. PARKROYAL on Pickering is a highly modern architecture project in Singapore, combining concrete organic shapes with simple rectangular volumes and incredible sky-gardens. Greenery flourishes at every level.  www.parkroyalhotels.com

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THE SURF CLUB, MIAMI

The historic and iconic Miami Beach Surf Club in Surfside was built in 1929 and designed by archtect Russell Pancoast. The original Miami Beach Surf Club has long been designated as a historic landmark, now the additional development on the property has incorporated the original building with it’s restoration and renovation, returning the existing Surf Club to it’s original splendor.

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier and designer Joseph Dirand  The Surf Club succeeds in offering 21st century confort and design and re-kindling the old-Miami glamour once favored by guests like Sinatra or Churchill.

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http://www.fourseasons.com/surfside/

Hanoi Museum

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The HanoiMuseum is embedded in a park with ample water features, where visitors already encounter exhibits from the history of Hanoi and reconstructed traditional Vietnamese villages on entering the museum landscape. Designed by GMP ARCHITEKTEN

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Hutong extensions

Through a series of renovations and new insertions, Chinese architect Zhang Ke has transformed some of Beijing’s ageing hutongs into hubs of activity.

Zhang Ke and his studio ZAO/standardarchitecture embarked on the Micro Hutong Renewal project to highlight the potential in these hutong neighbourhoods – which are largely unique to the Chinese capital, but are gradually being demolished.

The aim is to show how the traditional courtyard properties can be adapted to create resources for local communities, ranging from children’s play areas to co-working spaces.

source : Dezeen

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Penda proposes green-filled sky villa residences in India

Penda has shared the latest development for his Magic Breeze project in Hyderabad, India with the proposal of a residential idea of a ‘house with a garden’ to complement the maze-like garden landscape. The 450,000 square foot development is composed of 127 units; designed as duplex sky villas with each unit divided from its neighbor by a double-height, private garden. these green ‘in-between spaces’ create a sense of openness and vitality to the compound and loosens up the density a tenant would experience in a common condominium building. source : designboom

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Haute Couture Facade for Dior, Miami

Paris-based Barbarito Bancel Architects was commissioned to add a façade to a Dior boutique located in Miami, whose interiors were designed by Peter Marino. The principal stake of the project was to create a skin for the building that would reflect Dior’s image and identity, finding values where haute couture and architecture could meet and blend.

source : designboom

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Chanel’s Glass House

MVRDV has used a pioneering glass technology to replace the brick facade of a former townhouse in Amsterdam with a transparent replica, more suited to the building’s new use as a Chanel boutique.

Described by the Rotterdam studio as the first of its kind, the innovative facade of Crystal Houses Amsterdam uses glass bricks, windows frames and architraves to recreate the city’s traditional architectural style. source : dezeen

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Seashore Library facing the East China Sea

Beijing studio Vector Architects built the aptly named Seashore Library on the white sands of a beach in Nandaihe, a coastal region in eastern China. The 450-square-meter structure is divided between two levels with the ground level comprising a reception, a bar, a resting area and a reading lounge while the first level hosts a meditation space, an activity room and a balcony.

source : dezeen

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Elias Rizo Arquitectos breathes new life into the 1960’s Casa Ro

The history of ‘casa ro’ designed by Mexican studio Elias Rizo Arquitectos begins at its original construction in the early 1960’s in a well established residential district of Guadalajara, Mexico. The existing structure was renovated to better suit the new small family that now calls it home, redefining spaces and construction techniques while maintaining vestiges of the international style that once defined it. The open floor plan interior is flanked by two new features that define the front and rear sections of the home.

Source : designboom

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Lina Bo Bardi’s Glass House

Though now part of the fashionable suburb of Morumbi, the Glass House once hovered over the remnants of the original rain forest, the mata Atlãntica, with its dense, exuberant fauna and flora. Suspended high above a sea of green, the building resembles an International Style treehouse. A swaying metal staircase connects the winding path to the living spaces above, its seeming instability in keeping with the adventurous atmosphere of the house, which seems to anticipate Italo Calvino’s 1957 tale, The Baron in the Trees. The Bardis lived surrounded by armadillos, opossums, sloths, and wildcats; tropical birds flashed intermittently amid the foliage. Their house was virtually a belvedere. Great swaths of unspoiled vegetation had already been cleared in 1950, when the new road was cut. An environmentalist long before the term existed, Bo Bardi had the forest replanted around the building. Even though the entire area is now built up and the wildcats are long since gone, the lots are large and densely planted, and the Glass House is almost invisible from the road, concealed by a thick screen of vegetation. Though Bo Bardi would later challenge the opposition of nature and culture, the contrast between the abstract aesthetic of steel and glass and the lush green of the forest was an important element of her parti from the start. source : Harvard Design magazine

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